Santosh Vempala joined the College of Computing in the fall of 2006 as a professor in the Computing Science and Systems division. He recently spearheaded the Algorithms and Randomness Center and ThinkTank at Georgia Tech, and served as its first director from 2006 until 2011. Vempala's research interests include algorithms, randomness and geometry. He graduated from CMU in 1997 being advised by Avrim Blum and then went to MIT until 2006 except for a year as a Miller Fellow at UC Berkeley. Vempala is also a Sloan Fellow and a Guggenheim Fellow, and continues to get unreasonably excited when a phenomenon that appears complex from one perspective, turns out to be simple from another.